Boris Johnson's handling of coronavirus pandemic to be made into drama series

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is set to hit the small screen, with a series going to be made about the Government’s Covid times.

Is it just us, or can you also not wait to see the depiction of the PM practising his hand washing while singing Happy Birthday?

Then, of course, there is whole Dominic Cummings fiasco (which might get its own small screen treatment) and Mr Johnson’s own battle with Covid which saw him admitted to the intensive care unit – all in the leadup to his fiancée Carrie Symonds giving birth to their son.

See, drama. We may still be in the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there’s not already enough controversy to make a series.

The episodes will follow the very, very real-life drama as Mr Johnson faces ‘the biggest national and personal crisis to face a Government leader since World War Two’.

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Starting with his appointment as Prime Minister, the story will recount the first Covid-19 cases in the UK, through to Mr Johnson’s health and the birth of his youngest child.

Acclaimed director Michael Winterbottom, known for helming Greed and 24 Hour Party People, will co-write and direct, while Tim Shipman, the political editor of The Sunday Times, will act as a consultant.

The project’s name and cast are yet to be announced, but we’ve got our thinking caps on for who may be set to play the politician.

Global producer and distributor Fremantle has joined with Richard Brown from Passenger and Melissa Parmenter from Revolution Films, who will serve as executive producers.

Brown, whose work includes True Detective and Catch-22, said of the project: ‘Michael Winterbottom is the ideal filmmaker to tell the story of the extraordinary events surrounding Boris Johnson’s new government and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has captured the attention of the world.

‘We’re excited to join forces with Michael and Revolution Films on this project, a story which appears to demonstrate that fact is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction.’

Andrea Scrosati, global COO of Fremantle, added: ‘There are rare moments in history when leaders find their private lives uniquely connected to national events, where personal experience and official role collide in an unusual way.

‘The last few months in the life of the UK Prime Minister clearly mark one of these moments.

‘At Fremantle we are passionate about finding powerful and authentic stories and telling them with a fair and fact-based approach.

‘Richard and Michael are the perfect creative team to bring this dramatic story to life, in a way that does justice to the true nature of the unbelievable events experienced by one of the world’s most high-profile leaders.’

Watch this space.

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